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Understanding When and Why You Should Check-Raise

The check-raise is an important move in no-limit hold'em. The fact that check-raising is an especially aggressive play certainly makes it attractive to some...

Randomness in Your Poker Results? Don’t Forget “Regression to the Mean”

I just finished reading a brand-new book: What the Luck? The Surprising Role of Chance in Our Everyday Lives by Gary Smith. The title doesn't...

Hand Analysis with Aussie Millions Champ Ari Engel

Ari Engel is coming to the end of a terrific year of tournament poker, one that has seen him collect nearly $2 million worth...

Seven Deadly Sins of Poker — How Many Are You Guilty...

My recent return to Las Vegas was primarily to participate in the World Tavern Poker national finals. Upon registration, every player was given an...

Advice from Alex “Assassinato” Fitzgerald: “This Doesn’t Work Live!”

I hear this all the time when I teach poker: "Alex, why are you showing me all of these percentages? I play live poker...

How to Play or Not to Play from the Small Blind

Tell me if you've heard this before. A friend has busted from a tournament or lost a big pot in a cash game, and catches...

How to assess (and use) opponents’ preflop ranges Advice from Alex...

I hear this all the time when I teach poker: "Alex, why are you showing me all of these percentages? I play live poker...

Big Problems in Hold’em with “Big Card” Hands

Being dealt a couple of big cards in no-limit hold'em can be very inviting, especially if you've been forced to endure a run of...

Poker Hand Review: Getting Creative Early in a Tournament

Covering live poker tournaments for a living affords me the opportunity to see countless thousands of hands played out, many of which offer interesting...

Value Betting: Mats Karlsson Gets Paid on the River

Making a big hand in no-limit hold'em is always fun — particularly when you're on the turn or river, your hand is reasonably well...
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